The Stan Days and Fan Ways!
Its no secret that for my sins, I never saw any live matches when Stan was manager and only ever saw a handful of matches on TV mainly Cup ties, some were pretty impressive (eg Spurs) and some not so impressive (eg Watford).
I would however like to start a debate on those days with comments on how you compare Stan's performance to our current gaffer, Steve Cotterill, especially in the light of the latter being under the cosh recently.
Undoubtably Stan did a lot for the club especially pre-Digital fiasco with the promotions and the two 7th place Championship finishes. I can obviously understand the excitement and entertaining football there must have been at the matches in those days especially watching them live.
But when the rug was taken away and we look at the last two ST seasons as our financial plight began to bite plus you look at the stats and remember some of those horrendous scores involving 4 to 7 goals against us on a pretty regular basis, what were your thoughts about this at the time?
Was there a chorus for Stan's head at the time (or any booing) or was it all put down to the financial situation? I am just curious because when you look at the terrible goal difference 2002-4 and recall 2-7 and 4-7 etc you surely must have been feeling uncomfortable and worried.
Comparing Stan's post-Digital stats (see below) with Steve Cotterill's three seasons so far,yes I can see under Stan it must have been more entertaining in terms of seeing more goals go in,but what was the point when overall,the opposition scored more against us?
Did the fact that Stan Ternent had a connection with the club and had previously done well in the pre-Digital days help protect him from the wrath of the Clarets fans during his last two seasons ? If Steve Cotterill had also been in that similar situation would he have been handed less harsh treatment during the winless run?
Let's hear your views and your comparisons and feelings about our two managers.
Stats below represent:
Season-Wins-Draws-Losses-Goals for-Goal a-GD-Total Points-Position
2002/3 (ST) 15-10-21-65-89 minus 24-55-16th
2003/4 (ST) 12-14-19-60-77 minus 17-53-19th
2004/5 (SC) 15-15-16-38-39 minus 1-60-13th
2005/6 (SC) 14-12-20-46-54 minus 8-54-17th
2006/7 (SC) 13-12-16-43-41 plus 2 so far!! with 5 to play. 51-66 points possible.Midtable finish predicted